Rescued crew men return to Castletownbere

The three crew men rescued after their trawler caught fire this morning are on their way back to Castletownbere this lunchtime. They took to their liferafts after a fire in the wheelhouse of the 65 foot Spailpin Fanach 8 miles off The Skelligs early this morning. They were picked up by a fishing vessel the Areean which was in the area and later transferred to Valentia Lifeboat. Operations manager with the lifeboat Richard foran says when they lefy the scene the trawler was totally ablaze. He says thankfully everyone is safe and well.